Thursday, March 01, 2018

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Shawn Foster has been promoted to executive director of children's sales for Hachette Book Group.

At Orbit, Ellen Wright has been promoted to associate publicity director.

Sarah Stanton has joined Shambhala Publications as editor. Previously she was executive editor at Rowman & Littlefield.

Bertelsmann's Offset Paperback Manufacturing facility in Wilkes-Barre, PA was
evacuated Tuesday morning, "when employees fell ill from the release of a chemical commonly used in the printing industry." Eleven employees went to the hospital with reportedly minor symptoms "in an abundance of caution." The building was cleared for reopening later that day.

Harper Lee's will was
unsealed on Tuesday, following a lawsuit from the New York Times that was pending. Though the estate initially fought the suit, as the NYT's story indicates, "the mystery surrounding one of American literature's most cherished authors only deepened." The will transferred most of her assets to a trust, and that trust remains private

America's Test Kitchen has a multi-year extension of their global sales and distribution partnership with Penguin Random House Publisher Services.

At Basic Books, Ann Kirchner has been promoted to designer; Connie Capone to associate publicist; Brian Distelberg to senior editor; and Carrie Napolitano to assistant editor.

Justin Lovell and Miriam Riad have both been promoted to assistant editor at Da Capo Press.

At Running Press and Black Dog & Leventhal, Jessica Schmidt has been promoted to vp, associate publisher for Running Press; Frances Soo Ping Chow to creative director for all Running Press imprints; Frank Sipala to senior production manager and manager of product development; Shannon Connors Fabricant to senior editor; Amy Cianfrone to marketing and publicity manager; and Kara Thornton to senior publicist, focusing on Black Dog & Leventhal.

Rosie Welsh, previously of the Jonathan Clowes Literary Agents and The Wylie Agency, will join Eccles Fisher Associates as a literary scout on March 1.

Sara Chuirazzi, Jessica Fitzpatrick and Theresa Gaffney have all been promoted to associate publicist at Viking Penguin.

Andy Cumming will
join the Quarto board as a non-executive director on March 1. The last 17 years of his full-time career were spent with Lloyds Banking Group in a variety of senior position.

British author of 17 novels Penny Vincenzi, 78, has


Amazon Publishing announced a new imprint, Topple Books, to "spotlight the voices of women of color, gender non-conforming, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer writers." Writer, filmmaker and Transparent creator Jill Soloway will serve as editor-at-large. Soloway said in the announcement, "We live in a complicated, messy world where every day we have to proactively re-center our own experiences by challenging privilege. With Topple Books we're looking for those undeniably compelling essential voices so often not heard." Little A editorial director Carmen Johnson will oversee the line along with Soloway, who was represented by Daniel Greenberg at Levine, Greenberg, Rostan.

Springer Nature, the joint venture between Holtzbrinck and BC Partners, is
reportedly accelerating plans for their IPO last year in light of recent market volatility around the world. Initially aiming for a July listing, Reuters says the company will announce its IPO, for a listing on the Frankfurt stock exchange, in May, and expects the offering itself to launch in June. Most of the proceeds are expected to go towards paying down some of the company's 3 billion euros in debt.

The Now Read This PBS/NYT book club
pick for March is Mohsin Hamid's Exit West, just released in trade paperback.

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